When should I bring my child in to see a dentist?
You can bring your child to see Dr. Dovidio/Dr. Yaftaly when they are two years old, but we encourage our patients to bring their children along on appointments so that they can become familiar with the office and our team before it’s time for their first check-up. Of course, if you have concerns about your child’s dental health, Dr. Dovidio/Dr. Yaftaly will gladly meet with you to discuss them.
It is important to protect your child’s gums before the first tooth erupts. Dr. Dovidio/Dr. Yaftaly can advise you on topics ranging from infant oral care and thumb-sucking to extended bottle and pacifier use. Once your child’s teeth come in, you can show them how to brush and floss their teeth, holding their toothbrush and taking care that they spit and rinse. During their first check-up, Dr. Dovidio/Dr. Yaftaly will take digital x-rays to see that their teeth are developing properly and inspect them for cavities. Afterwards, you can schedule regular dental cleanings and check-ups.
If you want additional protection for your child’s teeth, consult with Dr. Dovidio/Dr. Yaftaly about sealants and fluoride varnishes. Fluoride varnish is applied with a small brush to your child’s teeth and helps to strengthen the enamel. A sealant, which is a thin layer of plastic painted onto the teeth, helps to protect the teeth from food and plaque.